Triple Crown Solo and Relay attempts annually June to September.
2. Triple Crown Qualifying Criteria
2.2 Medical criteria
2.3 Qualification criteria
2.3.1 Solo Swimmer One Way
2.3.2 Relay Swimmers One Way team size 2 – 4 persons
3. Triple Crown water safety criteria
3.1 ISOWR observers
3.2 Pilot escort vessel
3.3 Support Crew
3.4 One additional swimmer support [by application to ISOWR]
4. ISOWR Swim Criteria
4.1 Pre swim preparation:
4.2 Starting Position: The swimmer must enter the water from the shore, or from the Pilot boat and swim to beach or rocks with no running sea water behind them and start from there. Under health and safety reasons the Pilot my direct you to start from a standing position with the water level more than waist height. This must be agreed with the ISOWR observer prior to the start of your swim or it may not be ratified.
4.3 Finishing: Swimmers must finish on dry land e.g.: beach or rocks with no running sea water behind them or by touching cliffs with no sea water behind.
4.4 Relay rotations: Relay swimmers (minimum 2 maximum 4) must swim for 1 hour each, in the same order each time. At change over, swimmers shall enter the water from behind the current swimmer and swim past. The swimmer in the water shall exit as soon as possible, with change over taking no more than 5 minutes. The rota (order of swimmers, length of each swim) for the relay team members must be agreed in advance with the ISOWR Observer and must not change. If a swimmer is unable to make their rotation the swim will be discontinued.
4.5 Turning on two way swims: Finish one way as landfall or cliffs depending on location. You may stand or sit for 10 minutes. You may not be touched by any person, but can have grease, food, medical supplies or swim apparel handed to you. This stop time is added to your overall time.
4.6 Support swimmers. Solo swimmers may have support swimmers after the first period of 3 hours has elapsed and for a period of 1 hour. The support swimmer may not re-enter the water until a period of two hours has elapsed. The support swimmer may swim alongside, not in front of, the swimmer. The Pilot may request, at their discretion, the support swimmer to join the swimmer outside of these times for health and safety reasons, e.g. major cramp / water conditions / swimmer safety.
Relay swimmers are not permitted to have support swimmers or pace makers.
4.7 Any adaptations to these rules required for swimmers with additional physical needs, must be agreed in advance with the ISOWR.
5. ISOWR Observers
5.1 ISOWR Observers shall be allocated by the ISOWR.
5.2 ISOWR Observers require a full 12 hour notice of the intended start time of the swim, within the allocated seven day window.
5.3 If you decide on the day not to avail of the slot allocated and deemed suitable by your pilot and the ISOWR Channel Observer is in attendance you will forfeit all monies paid to the ISOWR and will be required to re-start the application process if you wish to make a further attempt.
5.4 One ISOWR Observer is required for EACH WAY of the attempt
5.5 The ISOWR Observers will complete an Official ISOWR
Observers Log, which details conditions, incidents, times, food breaks including feed contents, medication taken, water temperature, air temperature, stroke rate and more. A copy of the Official ISOWR Observers Log will be available to swimmers within one calendar month of the swim being ratified.
6. ISOWR approved Pilot escort
6.1 Swimmers must satisfy themselves that they have appointed the best escort pilot to suit their needs. The ISOWR cannot be responsible for your route, or any decisions your Pilot makes with or for you. The ISOWR does not offer any training to, or endorsement of Pilots or Agents.
6.2 The pilot is fully responsible for your safety and the ISOWR, its officers, its members and observers are not liable for any injury sustained or property lost or damaged whilst participating in your swim attempt.
6.3 The pilot will be required to provide the observer with GPS co-ordinates so we can ratify your swim.
6.4 Only one solo swimmer or relay team is permitted to make an attempt with any one Pilot at a time.
7. Code of Conduct
7.1 All swimmers must declare that they have prepared to the best of their ability, having the relevant experience and training regime, abide by international anti-doping policies and have adequate clothing, nutritional requirements and support in place.
7.2 The ISOWR reserve the right to publicise any swim Attempts though all forms of media, however as an association we understand and respect your right to privacy. If you would prefer you name not mentioned in any communication, only that we have a relay team in the water, please confirm in writing to the ISOWR Secretary a minimum of 2 weeks before your agreed swim window opens.
7.3 Swimmers must declare that they are entering this event of their own choosing and will place no liability on the ISOWR, its officers, Swim Officials, its members or Observers for any injury sustained or property lost or damaged whilst participating in a swim Attempt.
7.4 All swimmers must notify the ISOWR if there are any changes to their fitness or ability to participate in a swim Attempt.